It's Tuesday, time to empty the Random bin. Excuse me whilst I jump up and down to shake some thoughts loose. In the mean time, go visit Keely at the button above. She probably has her act more together today.
-> It's Groundhog Day. Usually PB and I make some gingerbread groundhogs, but this year it just didn't happen. Too much going on, unfortunately. Maybe next weekend, though. We'll just be a little late. The little rat saw his shadow, so it's not like we're planning on hanging out in the yard soon, or anything.
->Last week I had the worst "nightmare". I was at the park with the boys, and some guy approached LG. I was sitting on a bench, but in the time it took me to get to where they were he had grabbed LG's arm. Poor o was just looking on helplessly. The man explained that he had asked LG a question and he was being "rude" and not answering. LG looked at me and said, "Mama, he's a stranger". I tried to get the man to let go, but he wouldn't. o started to cry. I woke up right then. It really rattled me to think some random guy would put his hands on my kid that way and not let go. No worries, though. After checking on both boys to make sure they were safe in bed, I warded off the boogey man with a nice thick slice of pie.
->I have had a vision of just how freaking old I am. I was watching a video of Evan Taubenfeld (I'll wait here if you need to go look him up, it's ok). He's really cute, the kind of guy I would have dated when I was younger. Then I realized if I'm not exactly old enough to be his mom, I'm darn close. Sigh. It's ok, though. PB reminded me that he bleached his hair at about that age of his life, too. I married my favorite punk wanna be. I'm good with that.
->PB and I have recently had to reach to the deep depth of parenting retardedness. LG's favorite character is Mickey Mouse. When he hears his name he goes into epileptic fits of happiness about whatever it is Mickey is involved in. Our first reaction was simply to spell his name, so LG wouldn't understand. He still got it! Oh, yeah. They spell his name in the theme song to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Damn it. Now we refer to him as "our big eared friend". People will think LG's having a Ross Perot themed birthday party...
On that note, we visited with Uncle J on Sunday. He has slippers that look like Mickey's big yellow shoes. LG was horrified. He looked at his uncle as if to say, "You big freaking thug, you stole Mickey's shoes! What kind of a monster are you?" It was hard not to laugh.
-> Our local zoo is have a Valentine's event. It's called "Animal Attractions". It's an opportunity for adults to go visit the zoo after hours and see the animals in a more intimate setting. The local radio stations have dubbed it "Screw at the Zoo".
-> I have become "That Mom" and I don't feel bad about it. You might recall a few months ago when I pondered if I sucked because I didn't call LG's daycare every day to check in. I didn't understand parents who do. Until Friday. I showed up at little o's room at 5:freaking15 to find that he hadn't been given a bottle since 11:30. Yes, they let my 5 month old go 6 hours without eating. What the frick??? He was completely unharmed by it, just pissed and hungry when he got up from his nap. LG's teacher in that room would have been on the phone in a heartbeat if he went more than 4 hours. She just would not have let that happen. But o's teacher let my little guy slip through the cracks. Never again. I'm now going to call each day around 2:00 to make sure she's doing her freaking job. I mentioned it to the director, who was equally horrified, but I'm still going to call. For a little while, at least. What a pain in the rear.
-> One of my co-workers sends her kids to a Jewish private school. She has engaged us all to help them with a school project. The school is trying to collect 6 million pennies before Holocaust Remembrance Day in April (though they estimate 11 million people were killed, 6 million of them were Jews). They want the kids to visually see how many 6 million really is. In today's world of out of control debt and population expansion, the enormity of that number really does get lost. 6 million pennies is $60,000. That's two years of college (which, if you're like PB and I, seems like a huge amount to have to save for two kids out of an increasingly tight budget). It's also about $20,000 more than the median income for a family of 4 in the US. Makes the number seem a lot larger now, right?
Even if you believe that the numbers were inflated, it's still a huge number of people. If you half it to 3 million, that still a lot. It's horrifying to think that this went on for 12 years.
Now that I've made you think deep thoughts, and probably depressed you more than the weather predicting rodent, I will leave you with a picture of little o in his Christmas sweater.
Oh, and if someone more tech savvy than me knows how to get my side bar back up where it belongs, please share. I'm having sidebar sagging issues, and Victoria's Secret doesn't sell a product to help with that, yet.
Have a good week!